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As the work piles up, the list of never ending chores can feel overwhelming, it can be easy to get lost in always having to do something.
With my work, a part of my brief is helping people to be still and notice the joy moments in life. For constantly busy people with a full time table, being still can be incredibly hard; at the back of your mind you know it’s important, but the steps to achieving this can feel outside your reach. We can be so target focused that we can lose a sense of who we are, and as days melt into one another we can forget who we are without the work label attached.
A couple of days ago, I had a joy appointment. Yes, I had plenty to do, but I knew it was time to be still and to be quiet so I could reflect. As I sat in the garden with my camera in one hand, my journals and Bible in another, I listened. There was no particular reason, I just wanted to be surrounded by nature, and let my weary soul find refreshment.
For the afternoon I was blessed with a joy moment that will be etched into my mind and heart forever. I watched in the corner of my garden a woodpecker fledgling take it’s first flight, and peered into the private world of it being fed by its mum; learning how to feed for itself upon my peanut feeder.
The fledgling danced in the blue sky, flitting from tree to tree, soaring into the bright sunlight with joy. Joy was the only word you could describe it; freedom with joy on the wing.
In between focusing my camera lens on these delightful birds, I closed my eyes and blocked out the nagging thoughts from my mind. I released all the things that had been bothering me, the failures, and the weariness that had been sitting heavily on my heart. The breeze touched my face and ruffled my hair, as the Light tenderly grazed my cheek with a kiss.
There before me was Beauty. The world stopped revolving on its axis, just me and Him.
‘You have filled me with joy,and happiness has risen in my heart, great delight and unrivaled joy, even more than when bread abounds and wine flows freely.’
Psalm 4:7 The Voice
I imagined I was like this newly fledged woodpecker, fresh from the nest. He wasn’t aware of the dangers of the world; he wasn’t worried where his next feeding would come from. He only knew joy, as the wind caught beneath his wings as he sung his heart out.
I invite you to set aside time and notice the beauty around you.
Let joy from a ‘be still’ moment, refresh your weary soul.
The Voice: Scripture taken from The Voice™. Copyright © 2008 by Ecclesia Bible Society. Used by permission. All rights reserved.